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Paul Ridinger of Petrolia


Herbert Paul Ridinger, 57, of Petrolia, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 in Wichita Falls.

Paul Ridinger

Paul Ridinger

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 in the chapel of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home in Wichita Falls with Pastor Kevin Tiaden officiating. Interment will follow at Bowman Cemetery in Lakeside City under the direction of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home.

Mr. Ridinger was born May 11, 1956 in Wichita Falls to Herbert and Elsie (Jentsch) Ridinger. He was a graduate of Petrolia High School and spent most of his life in the auto business, working for Patterson’s until his retirement. After retiring, he spent more than a year traveling to all 50 states. While on those trips, he enjoyed going to wineries. He was an avid gun collector. He was the mayor of Petrolia for more than a decade and a member of the Petrolia Volunteer Fire Department.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include two daughters, Leah Horton and husband Kirk of Petrolia, and Dr. Katherine Dozier and husband Matthew of Annapolis, Md.; former wife Dr. Vicki Holland of Petrolia; two brothers, Lindy and wife Karen Ridinger of Olney, Md., and Arthur and wife Christy of Dean; a sister, Dara Smith of Cedar Park; and three grandchildren.

The family will receive visitors from 4-5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, at the funeral home.

Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association, 2630 West Freeway, Suite 250, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.


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